US to send more non-lethal aid to Ukraine

12 March 2015 11:53
(QHA) -

The United States has announced it will send more non-lethal aid to Ukraine, including unarmed drones and Humvee vehicles.

The White House released a statement on March 11 saying Vice President Joe Biden had telephoned Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to inform him of the decision.

Administration officials were quoted as saying the package includes unarmed Raven drones, which can be launched by hand, 30 heavily armored Humvees, and 200 other regular Humvees, as well as radios, counter-mortar radars, and other equipment.

The armored Humvees were expected to be delivered within a few weeks but other equipment will take longer to arrive.

Ukrainian government troops have been fighting pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country.

Kyiv and the West accuse of helping the rebels with weapons and soldiers -- a claim denied by Moscow.